PRESIDENT ’s Welcome Message
We are in the 9th year as a registered society. While this is a non-governmental organization (NGO), we are still able to gather committed practitioners to contribute their valuable brain and sweats voluntarily for the society. I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the members and past presidents for giving me the trust to lead the society in championing the cause in Ergonomics.
As the elected President of the society, I am truly honored to be able to work with such dedicated team.
Our task is to continue with the strategic plans identified by the members to ensure relevance of the society in upholding ergonomics as an important element of our every day life. We shall continue to work on RAGI (Rakyat, Academics, Government and Industry). This acronym was created by the Immediate Past President Prof Dr Halimahtun Khalid which also signifies the characteristics of ragi (Malay term for yeast).
We are working with a few organizations and institutions on our road show plan to increase awareness as well as governing bodies to strengthen implementation of ergonomics in private and government organizations.
Sustainability of the society is of great importance to us and here I would like to invite the existing members and our prospect members to join us by supporting the activities that we planned.
Please invite your friends to enroll as a member. We are stronger in numbers. We need more participations.
President HFEM, Dr. Ng Yee Guan
IEA Triennial Report 2015-2018
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theoretical principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well being and overall system performance.
Practicing ergonomists must have a broad understanding of the full scope of the discipline, taking into account the physical, cognitive, social, organizational, environmental and other relevant factors.
Source: IEA 2013, www.iea.cc
What is Human-Computer Interaction?
Human–computer Interaction (HCI) involves the study, planning, and design of the interaction between users and computers.
Domains of specialization in HFE and HCI
- Physical Ergonomics is concerned with human anatomical, anthropometric, physiological and biomechanical characteristics as they relate to physical activity such as working postures.
- Cognitive Ergonomics is concerned with mental processes, such as perception, memory, reasoning, and motor response, as they affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system. For example, mental workload.
- Organizational Ergonomics is concerned with the optimization of socio-technical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes such as communication.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) ergonomics standard 9241 (ISO 1992) provides important, internationally recognized, criteria for selecting or designing computer equipment and systems. ISO carries out its work through a series of technical committees, one of which is ISO TC 159 SC4 Ergonomics of Human System Interaction Committee, which is responsible for ergonomics standards for situations in which human beings and technological systems interact.The primary technical work of the committee takes place in eight Working Groups (WGs). This sub-committee has developed ISO 9241.
Source: Stewart, T. (2011). Ergonomics Standards. In: 52. Visual display Unit, D. Berthelette (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety, International Labor Organization, Geneva.